hack·​saw | \ ˈhak-ˌsȯ How to pronounce hacksaw (audio) \

Definition of hacksaw

: a fine-tooth saw with a blade under tension in a frame that is used for cutting hard materials (such as metal)

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Other Words from hacksaw

hacksaw verb

Examples of hacksaw in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Enlarge / Want to blow up zombies and then slice their remains with a hacksaw? Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, 2 Feb. 2022 This was a major operation involving three people, a cold chisel, a hacksaw, a crowbar, and an angle grinder. Hedley Twidle, Harper's Magazine, 23 Nov. 2021 Two friends playfully attack each other, brandishing a hacksaw and a cleaver. Susan Delson, WSJ, 30 July 2021 Use a hacksaw to cut the strips for the 36 rings to length. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, 13 Feb. 2021 Then, use a hacksaw to trim the protruding injection ports flush with the wall. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, 12 Oct. 2020 Use a hacksaw or a circular saw with a metal-cutting blade. Roy Berendsohn And Mike Cunningham, Popular Mechanics, 3 Oct. 2020 Conservatives have repeatedly shown a strong preference for a rusty hacksaw. Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, 22 Sep. 2020 Use the hacksaw to cut off half of the metal on each pick. Popular Science, 8 Jan. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of hacksaw

1638, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of hacksaw was in 1638

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“Hacksaw.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hacksaw. Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for hacksaw


hack·​saw | \ ˈhak-ˌsȯ How to pronounce hacksaw (audio) \

Kids Definition of hacksaw

: a saw with small teeth used for cutting hard materials (as metal)

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